Fresno State’s softball team continued its offensive onslaught, piling up double-digit hit totals in sweeping UC Santa Barbara and Rutgers on the opening day of its Louisville Slugger Bash.
The Bulldogs (13-4), who entered the day hitting .336 as a team, tallied 10 hits in a 7-2 win against the Gauchos and 14 in just five innings in a 14-1 rout of the Scarlet Knights on a windy Friday night at Margie Wright Diamond.
Fresno State, winners of five straight, has picked up at least 10 hits in eight games this season, including four of the past five.
Michelle Solomon and Brenna Moss each drove in two as the Bulldogs scored five in the second inning against UC Santa Barbara. Solomon, Alyssa Villalpando and Katie Castellon each went 2 for 3.
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Jill Compton (5-2) scattered seven hits and two walks while allowing two runs in 41/3 innings before Hannah Harris closed it out.
A big early inning also helped sink Rutgers, with the Bulldogs getting seven in the second. Villalpando and Bria Kennedy ignited the surge with back-to-back triples. Kierra Willis also tripled that inning to drive in three.
Moss went 3 for 4 with three runs as the senior extended her hitting streak to 12 games. Moss has a hit in every game this season except a 10-2 win in five innings over San Diego on Feb. 8.
Taylor Langdon logged the game 2 win, pitching three scoreless innings in relief of Compton. Four more games Saturday at the five-team tournament include the Bulldogs taking on Oregon State and coach Laura Berg, the ex-Bulldogs star who will be honored before the 5:30 p.m. contest with a jersey-retirement ceremony.
In other games Friday, Oregon State beat Saint Mary’s 13-8 and UCSB 13-0 with Beverly Miller pitching a five-inning no-hitter, and Rutgers topped Saint Mary’s 4-0
Sears leaps to Mountain West championship in long jump
Fresno State senior Je’Nia Sears won the long jump by nearly a foot, her second title in the event in three years, on day 2 of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque.
Sears’ top mark was 20 feet, 7 inches, 16th-best nationally this season. She won two years ago at the conference indoors meet and was the runner-up in 2014.
UNLV’s Krystal Wharton second at 19-8 and Bulldogs senior Ashley Hatcher third at 19-5.25. Senior Karissa Bell was seventh for Fresno State in the pole vault at a career-best 12-4.5, with San Diego State’s Bonnie Draxler winning at 13-8.5.
Fresno State was fifth in the distance medley, as Meagan Paracholski, Njeri Omawahleh, Raven Nunez and Carina Mendoza combined for a time of 12:00.66. New Mexico won in 11:48.59 and leads the women’s team standings 45-44 over Colorado State. The Bulldogs (25.5) are sixth.
Dezirae Johnson, a Fresno State junior, qualified second in the 400 meters in 54.98 — her first sub-55 indoor time in the event. The finals are Saturday.
Bulldogs freshman high jumper Savannah Miller cleared a season-best 5 feet-7.75 inches to finish eighth.
Lacrosse: Fuccillo’s seven goals pace romp of Gardner-Webb
Anjelica Fuccillo had seven goals and two assists and three others had hat tricks as Fresno State routed host Gardner-Webb 20-6 in a nonconference lacrosse match in Boiling Springs, N.C.
Caroline Dineen-Carlson, Kyleigh Westgarth, and Marcy Levatino each had three goals for the Bulldogs (1-2), who put it away by scoring six in a 4-minute stretch midway through the second half.
Meganne Weissenfels and Brooke Filgo combined for eight saves as Fresno State kept the first-year Runnin’ Bulldogs winless at 0-3. Another first-year team awaits Sunday, when Fresno State faces Furman in Greenville, S.C.
Tennis: Women stop Boise State, tackle No. 44 Colorado on Saturday
Rana Sherif Ahmed and Maiar Sherif Ahmed won 6-0 as the top doubles team and picked up straight-sets wins in singles as Fresno State beat host Boise State 5-2 in a Mountain West Conference tennis match.
The Bulldogs (7-3) won for the seventh time in their past eight matches after a loss Saturday to then-No. 39 (now No. 29) Wichita State snapped a six-match victory streak. The Broncos are 4-5.
Fresno State remains in Boise on Saturday to take on No. 44 Colorado, at 8-1 off to its best start since 1997.